Red Sox set for team-building 'Patriots Day' viewing

Farrell feels it's 'important for our guys to understand what we've gone through'

Red Sox set for team-building 'Patriots Day' viewing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After Wednesday's workout, the Red Sox will head to a local movie theater for some team building.

The film of choice is "Patriots Day," and it will hit home to anyone that has Boston on their uniform.

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The Red Sox were finishing up a walk-off win against the Rays on April 15, 2013, when a tragic bombing just a mile away at the Boston Marathon took the lives of three and injured hundreds.

The movie about the incident stars Red Sox fan and proud Bostonian Mark Wahlberg.

In 2013, the Red Sox won the World Series, and several players used the tragedy as a motivating force to try to give grieving and healing fans an escape.

"A team-building opportunity," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of the movie viewing. "We will open it up to the players and their families. To me, that's a part of our recent history, a significant moment."

Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. are the only Red Sox players who remain from the active roster on the day of the bombing. Farrell was in his first season as manager for Boston.

"Still, it's a big part of who we are in Boston, and I think it will be important for our guys to understand what we've gone through," Farrell said.

The movie includes David Ortiz re-enacting his legendary speech to the Fenway faithful prior to the first home game after the bombing.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.